9,000 in Senegal (2007), increasing. A few hundred elderly monolinguals. Population total all countries: 15,000.
Southwest coast, north from Bliss Island, Kalisseye Inlet to Casamance river, to The Gambia border; east to Dioloulou, Kafountine area extends north as far as Brikama (The Gambia); Karon islands. Also in Gambia.
Lexical similarity: 64% with Mlomp [mlo], the most similar (Jola) language.
Ethnic autonym: Kaloon. Strong desire to develop the language and preserve the culture.